Closer Look: Deadly School Shooting in Parkland, Fl.; Georgia Equality on State Legislation; And More

Dylan O'Neill, 15, facing, hugs James Bolger, 16, both students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the conclusion of a vigil at the Parkland Baptist Church, for the victims of the Wednesday shooting at the school, in Parkland, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder on Thursday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hug at the conclusion of a vigil at the Parkland Baptist Church, for the victims of the Wednesday shooting at the school, in Parkland, Fla.
Credit Gerald Herbert / Associated Press
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Thursday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief on the school shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida yesterday. The gunman opened fire in the school with an AR-15 rifle, killing 17 people and injuring at least 14 more. The suspected shooter, 19-year-old former student Nikolas Cruz, was charged this morning with 17 counts of premeditated murder. We’ll talk to journalists Nadege Green of WLRN and Doug Phillips of the Sun Sentinel newspaper to find out the latest. We’ll also speak with Jessi Heneghan, child and adolescent psychotherapist at Atlanta Mindfulness Therapy, about coping with tragedy.
  • 22:20: After a year of focusing on affordable housing, Closer Look gets an update on the 2018 outlook for home buying and rentals with local housing analysts. It’s a round table discussion with Stephen Beckwith, realtor at Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty; John Hunt, founder and principal of MarketNsight and president of ViaSearch; and Lynnise “Nia” Knowles, real estate broker and community advocate with Area West Realty.
  • 41:32: Georgia’s House Bill 159, known as the Adoption Bill, passed the state Senate last week, giving it the final legislative approval it needed before heading to Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk for his signature. Before that, however, it faced a lot of criticism from LGBTQ activists because one clause provided adoption agencies the “religious freedom” to refuse service to same-sex couples. Before it was passed, what was considered religious freedom language was removed from that Adoption Bill. However, there are other concerns about standing and proposed legislation that could impact LGBTQ communities in Georgia. Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality, joins us in studio to talk about this legislative back and forth.